Do something special for Durham!

Held within the North East Film Archive's vaults are over 600 films - more than a quarter of a million feet of film - comprising the heart and soul of Durham during the 20th century.

We're asking for your support to raise £5,000 to help preserve and share Durham's film heritage. The collection reveals an extraordinary record of our times, from the changes in industry to the evolving landscape and architecture of the city. Holidays to home life, schooldays to local events. Community occasions such as the miners' galas, popular jazz bands, local crafts and traditions - all captured on film, all building into a compelling visual legacy of the city.

Yorkshire Day 2019

YFA have teamed up with the York BID to bring the rich film heritage of the city to the big screen, especially for Yorkshire Day 2019. The team here at the YFA have curated a special selection of short films from our vaults for you to watch on a giant screen in St Sampson’s Square on August 1st, from 10am – 7pm, and it’s free.

Exploring 100 years of women on film

What reactions do you get when you show young millennials, who didn’t grow up with feminist issues at the forefront of their family life, a selection of films that depict women’s lives over the last 100 years?  Bethany, Zoe and Freya, second year history students at York St John University, recently completed placements with YFA, working on our ‘What About the Women?’ project.  Find out what they thought about the films that they explored.

All is Groovy

In her first blog post our fabulous volunteer Jenna has scoured the archives for films showing mid-century youth fads and fashions. This first instalment explores the baby boomers of the post-war years and their coming of age in the early 1960s, embracing everything from beehives to bouffants and kinky boots to Italian suits.

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Archive Picks


Tyne Tees Television Today at Six news report by Phil McDonnell who conducts topical vox pops with primary school children about the space race and the prospect of going to the moon. This news magazine item was originally broadcast on 15 October 1968.

Film ID: 22227 Year: 1968